Maura Higgins and Giovanni Pernice are 'very much a couple' apparently

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Speculation around ex-Love Islander Maura Higgins and Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has really ramped up in recent weeks. Although neither of them have confirmed whether or not they're officially dating, the pair were spotted on holiday together in Cornwall and again at a football match. Now, a source close to the pair has revealed they're "very much a couple". 

Speaking to the MailOnline, the source said: "Gio and Maura are very much a couple. Everyone knows he’s played the field in the past but he is serious about Maura. He’s smitten with her, they’ve become close really quickly." 

The source also revealed that Giovanni had taken Maura to Blackpool to meet his close friends and costars. "She’s become pals with all of the cast and crew of Him and Me too and they think she’s great" the source said, "Maura has also met Anton [du Beke] and they got on brilliantly."

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During their stay in Blackpool, the pair were also spotted enjoying a night out at a drag bar. "They’d booked a VIP area of the venue to themselves and everyone was having a good time, dancing and singing," an onlooker told the MailOnline "they were together all night and looked totally smitten with each other."

Earlier this year, Maura split from fellow Love Islander Chris Taylor, who she dated for six months. She previously dated Curtis Pritchard who's brother, AJ, worked alongside Gio for several years on Strictly.

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